Podcast 208: Beware the “Endowment Effect” When Clearing Clutter and a Deep Dive into One-Word Themes.

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When clearing clutter, beware the “endowment effect.” 

Happiness Hack

Challenge yourself to wear a different outfit every day, as a way to make better use of what you have and to identify what you want to give away. 

Deep Dive into One-Word Themes for 2019

After our discussion in episode 201, we loved hearing listeners’ one-word themes for the year. Some thought-provoking choices include: “Worth,” “War,” “Okay,” “Action,” “Easier,” “Dream,” “Reduce,” “Simplify,” “Voice,” “Habits,” “Learn,” and “Fit.” We mention Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle School podcast—he’s part of the Onward Project. If you want to take the Four Tendencies quiz, it’s here

Elizabeth’s Demerit

Although she’s had a little down time at work, she hasn’t gone to the mindfulness class at Jack’s school—even though she knows it’s very valuable. 

Gretchen’s Gold Star

I love Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I have so many thoughts! Her book is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.


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